The practice news from Friday is critical as we consider those important lineup and roster decisions. Here's a quick lap around the league.
• Donovan McNabb (chest) practiced Friday and Andy Reid thinks the QB might be able to start without extra passing or protection at Chicago Sunday night. "He felt good," Reid said. "We'll see how he does here, but during the practice he felt good."
The news remains cloudy on Brian Westbrook (questionable, ankle) and L.J. Smith (doubtful, back), both of whom missed the session. Westbrook's status probably won't be determined until Sunday night; I'm not a doctor or a team rep but I wouldn't use him in any league that requires an early decision. Smith's drop-fest the last few weeks makes him a spotty play even if when his back comes around. Brent Celek steps in and might be worth considering in jumbo-sized leagues.
• Adrian Peterson (hamstring) was limited again at Friday's workout, but he should be fine for Sunday's game at Tennessee. It's an early start, so we'll be able to green-light Purple Jesus before the flag drops.
• The Jets continue to list Brett Favre (ankle) as questionable and he had a limited day Friday, but 256-game streaks die hard. You can connect the dots. New York expects to have Laveranues Coles (thigh, probable), but Mike Nugent (thigh) will have to wait another week.
• Braylon Edwards (shoulder) had a full day Friday and remains probable. I'm starting him anywhere I can.
• Carson Palmer is good to go Sunday against the Browns, though he did get a day off Friday to rest a sore elbow. "I'll be ready to roll," Palmer said. Chad Johnson sure hasn't looked healthy of late, but he's not on the injury report this week and Marvin Lewis has said encouraging things.
• David Patten (groin) did some work Friday and has a chance to play against the Niners, albeit it's hard to imagine him getting a lot of snaps. Unless you're completely stuck for a receiver this week, look elsewhere. Staying in the Bayou, the Saints are getting positive reports on Jeremy Shockey (hernia surgery), and they're thinking he might be able to play as soon as Week 6. Sounds optimistic, but we'll see.
• Brandon Lloyd (hip) had another partial day Friday and looks like a game-time decision for Sunday night's match with the Eagles. The start time of the game is a killer for Lloyd-hungry owners; if your lineup is due earlier in the day, you can't take a chance here. (I have a funny feeling we might see something from the Chicago tight ends in this game, but maybe I should keep that to myself.)
• Bryant Johnson (hamstring) did some work Friday but he's still very iffy for Sunday's game at New Orleans. We're all in favor of the San Francisco passing game, but you'll want a different receiver. Allow Brandon Funston to stump for Isaac Bruce.
• James Jones (knee) and Donte Stallworth (knee) are both listed as doubtful for Week 4, and both were unceremoniously cut by Hollywood Behrens at some point Friday (well, the call came from Behrens; one of his henchmen might have carried out the assignment).
I'm off to have a long Italian dinner with my girlfriend. Odds of returning for tonight's closing time: probable.